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The following is a compilation of Parenting Books and Personal Growth Books that I personally recommend, listed in no particular order. Each of these titles has been instrumental in my own research and development of becoming a Present Parent, and I know they will serve you equally well.


The Mommy Advantage: How Having Kids Can Make You Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier, Sherlyn Pang Luedtke teaches moms how to use personal development techniques to alchemize the challenges of parenthood into joy, ease, fulfillment, and abundance. In this book, you will discover how the mere condition of having kids predisposes you for better health, wealth, and happiness. Most books for parents tell you what to say and how to act so that your kids obey you. The Mommy Advantage focuses on you and demonstrates how innately great you already are because you are a mother. It is a tribute to mommies everywhere. Learn how to activate your Mommy Advantage.

For 25 years, Positive Discipline has been the gold standard reference for grown-ups working with children. Now Jane Nelsen, distinguished psychologist, educator, and mother of seven, has written a revised and expanded edition. The key to positive discipline is not punishment, she tells us, but mutual respect. Nelsen coaches parents and teachers to be both firm and kind, so that any child can learn creative cooperation and self-discipline with no loss of dignity.

ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior . . . for their benefit. Our biggest enemy as parents is not the TV, the Internet, or even drugs. Our biggest enemy is our own emotional reactivity. When we say we “lost it” with our kids, the “it” in that sentence is our own adulthood.

After decades of raising her own children along with her husband, Michael, Stormie looks back at the trials and joys of parenting and the power found in praying for her kids. In 30 easy–to–read chapters, she shares from personal experience as to how parents can pray for their children’s safety, character development, school experiences, marriage and so much more.

More than a tool to correct bad behavior, this handbook urges parents to move beyond typical discipline techniques by creating an environment based on mutual respect, emotional safety, and positive, open communication. The seven outlined principles redefine the parent-dominated family by teaching parents how to achieve mutual parent/child respect without being submissive, and empower children to open up, cooperate, and realize their own innate potential.

In this revolutionary book, Marshall Rosenberg empowers educators to transform schools into life-serving, learning-rich environments that maximize the potential of each student. Filled with insight, adaptable exercises and role-plays, Life-Enriching Education gives educators practical skills to generate mutually respectful classroom relationships.

Karp, a pediatrician and asst. professor at the School of Medicine, UCLA, offers a new method to calm and soothe crying infants, which includes a series of five steps designed to imitate the tranquil setting of the uterus. These steps include swaddling, side/stomach position, shhh sounds, swinging and sucking. The book includes detailed advice on each step to ensure that you have the Happiest Baby.

This breakthrough bestseller by Dr. Harvey Karp will do even more to help busy parents survive the “terrible twos” and beyond. In one of the most revolutionary advances in parenting of the past 25 years, Dr. Karp reveals that toddlers often act like uncivilized little cavemen, with a primitive way of thinking and communicating that is all their own. Learn techniques that will result in: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and more happy, loving time for you and your child.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk is an excellent communication tool kit based on a series of workshops developed by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish provide a step-by-step approach to improving relationships in your house. The “Reminder” pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children.

The 10th anniversary edition of this best-seller has nearly 50 pages of new material. The central message remains the same, and sounds almost too simple: avoid comparisons. But parents know that’s easier said than done. The value of Faber and Mazlish’s discussions is precisely that they talk you through umpteen different situations and outcomes to help you teach your brawling offspring a new set of responses.


Eker’s focus is on the way people think and feel about money and his canny, class-based analysis of broad differences among groups. Eker asks readers to think back to their childhoods and pick apart the lessons they passively absorbed from parents and others about money. With such psychological nuggets as “Rich people focus on opportunities/ Poor people focus on obstacles,” Eker puts a positive spin on stereotypes, and teaches fundamentals to overcome them.